Boeing said it would build a “factory of the future” in India to produce the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Speaking at ‘Aero India’ air show at Bengaluru, Boeing said it has held discussions with partners Hindustan Aeronautics and Mahindra Defence Systems to set up a plant under “Make in India” plan.
Boeing vice-president Thomas Breckenridge claims, “the programme is expected to work with several Indian suppliers to grow a thriving defence aerospace base, which could accelerate other programmes. The facility will create a world-class, highly-trained aerospace workforce.”
In addition, Boeing also laid out at Aero India its future defence plans proposing the KC-46A aerial refueler, AH-64E Apache attack helicopter, additional P-8 long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircraft, and the twin-engine Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft, to be manufactured in India with the local partners.
Boeing already produces AH-64 Apache fuselages partnered with Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited in India, which is the sole-producer of fuselages globally.